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Notorious (Three-Disc Edition) (2009)

Jamal Woolard , Anthony Mackie , George Tillman Jr.  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Derek Luke, Mohamed Dione, Dennis L.A. White
  • Directors: George Tillman Jr.
  • Writers: Cheo Hodari Coker, Reggie Rock Bythewood
  • Producers: George Paaswell, Mark Pitts, Robert Teitel, Sean Combs, Trish Hofmann
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TUZH7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,689 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Notorious (Three-Disc Edition)" on IMDb

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In music terms, Brooklyn’s Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace was a hip-hop superstar to rival Oakland’s Tupac Shakur. In movie terms, however, 2Pac has long overshadowed B.I.G. with the films he made as an actor and the documentaries that followed in the wake of his similarly-unsolved murder. George Tillman Jr. (Soul Food, Men of Honor) aims to correct that imbalance with Notorious, the authorized biography of the larger-than-life New York rapper. Produced by his mother, Voletta Wallace (played by Angela Bassett), and record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs (Derek Luke), Tillman presents Biggie as a bright child who grew up to be a drug dealer before finding his true calling on stage, only to be cut down in the prime of life. In his feature-film debut, Jamal "Gravy" Woolard captures Biggie's complexity--the loyalty to his crew, the disloyalty to his ladies (including Lil' Kim and Faith Evans)--but struggles to make him as sympathetic as the figure that emerges in Nick Broomfield's Biggie & Tupac, simply because the script relies too heavily on the usual musical-bio clichés. Fortunately, several bright spots elevate the scenario, such as Anthony Mackie as Pac, Christopher Wallace Jr. as young Biggie, and Woolard's rapping, which segues seamlessly into B.I.G.'s (the soundtrack mixes original tracks with remakes). If Notorious isn't a failure, it isn't a triumph either, but Tillman has crafted it with love and respect, and only a stone could remain unmoved by the real-life funeral footage at the end. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Notorious is the story of Christopher Wallace who, through raw talent and sheer determination, transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler to one of the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. This story charts his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectation. Produced by Voletta Wallace (BIG's mother), Wayne Barrowman and Mark Pitts (BIG's managers), Notorious challenges us all to redefine our notion of what "The American Dream" really is.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music Biopic For the Hip Hop Genre March 15, 2009
By T Boz
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Saw this when it was in theaters, and was pleasantly surprised it did not disappoint. What put this film over the top was the excellent casting; the characters of Biggie, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, and even Tupac and Voletta Wallace (played by Angela Bassett) made this a believable account of what happened between these intersecting lives that left such a mark on musical history, and ultimately, a tragedy. You really felt for young Christopher as he grew up in the 80's admiring the rising hip hop stars of the day, and perfecting his rhyming skills on the street, while trying to avoid the perils of drugs and crime. What I liked most about this film was the humanity they brought to his character, making him seem like more of a real person than a musical icon. He wasn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he was trying to be a good person, no matter what obstacles life threw in his way. Ultimately this is a tale of a flawed individual, as we all are, who was lucky enough to raise himself out of the conditions he found himself in, and tried to make his mark on history, which ultimately, he did.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The death of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace in 1997 was a big shock to hip hop fans around the world.

The events preceding his death was well-known, well-documented in the media in regards to the major riff with the East Coast vs. West Coast hip hop feud.

Considered as one of the greatest hip hop artists ever, "Notorious" is a biopic that documents the life of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace and grossing over $43 million worldwide.

The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. ("Soul Food" and "Men of Honor") and a screenplay co-written by Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker (the author of "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G.") which showcases and celebrates the rapper's life.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

The NOTORIOUS Unrated Director's Cut Collector's Edition Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen format (2.55:1 ration) with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio and Spanish 5.1 Audio with French and Spanish subtitles. English subtitles will also be available for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Picture quality for "Notorious" looked amazing as you can see the skin pores quite clearly on high definition but what is most amazing is how New York was captured on film. From the beauty of the city to its gritty side, the level of vibrancy in the colors, beautiful cinematography and wonderful editing really made this biopic come alive.

As for the audio, audio is presented in English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio. Audio is crystal clear during the dialogue department but its even more exciting during the musical segments as your speakers really showcase the drum and bass, giving your subwoofers a workout.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars flawed but compelling biography June 21, 2009
Format:DVD
***1/2

The biopic "Notorious," directed by George Tillman Jr., tells of the life and career of Notorious B.I.G., the gangsta' rapper who was gunned down on the streets of L.A. at the age of twenty-four. B.I.G. began life as Christopher Wallace, a kid being raised by a single mother in Brooklyn who, despite her best efforts, was unable to keep her son from falling prey to the destructive influences of life on the street. For by the age of twelve, he had already begun dealing drugs and, by seventeen, had dropped out of school and served time in prison on a weapons charge. But it was his talent for rapping - for putting into words and music his reflections on what it meant to be a black man living in the inner city - that brought him to the attention of Sean "Puffy" Combs, founder of Bad Boy Records, who signed Wallace, now known as Biggie Smalls, to his first recording contract.

Soon, B.I.G. was a major figure in the gangsta' rap scene, adored by his fans, hated by his enemies and partaking in the fruits of all that the "high life" of a mass market celebrity had to offer: namely, wealth, fame, fashion, women, and an unlimited access to guns and drugs. But as with all such tales, it would seem, Biggie ultimately found himself on an irreversible slide towards self-destruction, culminating in his assassination on Wilshire Boulevard on March 9, 1997, a victim, in part, of the life he lived and of outside forces he was simply unable to control (his killers, incidentally, were never identified).

"Notorious" is less interesting for the admittedly rather predictable cautionary tale and domestic drama it relates than for the glimpses it affords us into the hip-hop and gangsta' rap scene of the 1990s.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was a enlightening June 11, 2009
Format:DVD
The movie was okay, but it looked as if the movie was rushed. The actors were excellent, and I felt that it could have been put together a little better, because it jumped around too much so I rate it a 3 1/2.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing portrayal of an amazing talent. December 28, 2009
Format:DVD
When this movie first came out, I was so excited to see a biography of such a talented artist. Boy, was I disappointed.
The movie was quite obviously engineered and manipulated by Puffy and Bad Boy Records. Throughout the film, Puffy was portrayed as a virtual saint--always "saving the day" with his words of wisdom and innocence. He was never shown doing drugs (despite nearly everyone else smoking blunts throughout the whole movie), participating in the sex-filled music scene, or doing anything that would shed even a hint of a shadow upon him. It was quite sickening how saintly he is portrayed, especially when we all know better.

Tupac's portrayal was also hard to believe. His character made odd appearances throughout the film, always appearing as a paranoid, hyper-acting, shallow punk. As a huge Tupac fan, I was quite offended by the way he is portrayed.

The east/west feud was knocked down to a simple misunderstanding fueled by Tupac's baseless paranoia and the media. Biggie was portrayed as a victim of the feud. He just couldn't understand why Tupac would suddenly turn on him, since they had always been friends. (Poor little B.I.G.) All responsibility for fighting and fueling the feud was put on the media and Tupac. None was put onto Biggie or the saintly Puffy. They were helpless victims in the whole thing.

Biggie and Faith Evan's relationship was poorly developed. The movie seemed to focus more on Big and Kim's relationship than his and Faith's marriage. It was quite confusing.

Big's first child with his high school girlfriend was ill-developed and just plain confusing. His girlfriend was not even introduced until she showed up to tell him she was pregnant. Then, she was virtually dropped, making minor appearances from then on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
I loved it!!! Would watch it over again. And would recommend it too everyone that hasn't seen it!! Awesome acting!
Published 13 days ago by Jaclyn Merritt
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I saw this movie in theaters when it came out and I didn't like it. The movie came on tv, I watched it, and decided to get the DVD and liked it. Read more
Published 17 days ago by postman
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended!
Very good but tragic story. The actor who played Biggie did an awesome job! In fact, each actor and actress were all very good in their roles! Read more
Published 26 days ago by M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I love biggy. This movie is a must see for any biggy fan. Great actors, great story! Go buy this!
Published 1 month ago by Michael Nahodil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Life's Story
I liked this movie a lot with how determination to succeed and the true love of music, how image can sometimes cause harm to individuals.
Published 1 month ago by David Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars I gangsta movie about music and killing lifestyles
I have not seen this movie before but, my gf said it was good so i got this and liked it vary much.
Published 3 months ago by Lori Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rap War between West and East Coast, if you ever wondered what...
I always wondered how this rap war between East and West Coast started and this says it all.... Based on a true story, they created an unbelievable movie... Read more
Published 3 months ago by W. Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars A solid biopic with the hands of others all over it
As a Biggie Smalls fan I must say this film is pretty solid. The acting, cinematography and soundtrack are all excellent. The issue is the actual story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by E. Lamberty
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously
Wonderful movie, it is a must have. I love Biggie and this movie is just spectacular. If you love his music, BUY THIS MOVIE!
Published 3 months ago by Emily
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
although it breezed through the short adult life of Biggie , it was portrayed brilliantly on scene by the actors.
Published 5 months ago by Darryl Brandon Payne
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